Evolutionary researchers, continuing to seek explanations for phylogenetic fossil gaps, have found yet another apologetic. It seems that very big phenotypic changes are possible with very slight genetic changes. Different varieties and hybrids of Monkeyflower were bred and tested in the field. Pollinator reaction and bloom features were correlated. The most striking observation was the wide variety that could be seen within just two generations of the flowers. (See Science News, 16 October 1999, p. 244)
What the researchers didn’t seem to realize was that, in an effort to track supposedly evolutionary processes, they were really tracking changes that clearly had nothing to do with the creation of new genes or new information. This was only a re-shuffling of the gene pool deck among the members of this population.
What a surprise to evolutionists, that such big changes could occur without true evolution. What a surprise to creationists, that such big changes could occur without adding new information. Perhaps these flower blooms, in light of the creationist Baramin theory and the evolutionist “gene doubling” theory, will provide an olive branch of common ground between phylogeneticists on both sides of our debate. Well, one can always hope.
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